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Regent University Holds 6th Matriculation Ceremony


The Regent University College of Science and Technology held its 6th Matriculation ceremony on Friday, 25 February, 2011 at the City Campus, Graphic Road. It was an occasion to behold. The ceremony saw 689 students being formally admitted into the university: 472 males and 217 females.

 

In his speech, the President and CEO of the University, Prof. E. Kingsley Larbi, said that about 6 years ago (28th January, 2006), the university admitted its first crop of students into various programmes. He saluted all the pioneer students who had confidence in what Regent University could do.

The President also announced that Regent University College of Science and Technology ranked third best university in Ghana in the 14th edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Regent University came after Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana. But he iterated that as much as the university rejoices in the ranking, we still believe we can do better, not only at the local scene; we believe, by the Grace of God, we can work hard to improve our international ranking position as well.

Touching on the theme for the occasion, the President said that Africa is tired of leaders whose greatest preoccupation is what they can get out of the positions they occupy. “We must be wary of leaders who perceive themselves as demigods with an eternal mantra to rule forever…” He admonished all present to work towards a new Africa and a new Ghana where leaders put the needs of the people first.

The Guest Speaker, Mr. Gabriel Edgal, the Managing Director of UBA, gave a detailed exposition on nurturing effective leaders. He asserted that people usually refer to young people as future leaders, but certainly not all young people become leaders. Those who will become leaders are those who, when leadership opportunities arise would have prepared themselves to take up such opportunities. He said that some people are born with leadership qualities but since leadership is an art, when one follows particular leadership behavioral patterns over a period of time, he/she can learn the skills of leadership. On leadership in Africa, he asserted that there is tremendous shortage of and need for truly great leaders in Africa. This is the direct result of corruption, poor educational system that does not train people to challenge the status quo.

He touched on poverty as a cause and consequence of bad leadership:

  • One in every two people in Sub Saharan Africa survives on less than one dollar a day
  • Over 300 million Africans do not have access to safe water
  • 33% of African population suffer from malnutrition
  • Less than 50% of Africa’s population have access to hospitals or doctors
  • Only 8 out of 1,000 Africans have access to the internet

He concluded that this is very sad indeed.

He encouraged the students:

  1. To have a vision,
  2. Set goals and guidelines for themselves and live by them,
  3. Create a set of habits that reflect their leadership aspirations,
  4. Achieve their academic goals,
  5. Learn to socialize, prioritise their activities,
  6. Be visible,
  7. Be heard,
  8. Learn the act of communication,
  9. Develop their charisma, and;
  10. Expand their circle of influence.

Regent University officially welcomes all the freshmen and women and wishes them a successful and exceptional learning experience.      view more pictures here